Malaysia Airlines axes flights to Amsterdam, Paris

By Chris Chamberlin, December 3 2015

Oneworld member and Qantas partner Malaysia Airlines will stop flying to Amsterdam and Paris next year and instead leverage its existing partnerships with KLM and British Airways, as well as signing a new codeshare deal with Emirates.

Malaysia Airlines' MH16/19 Amsterdam service will be scrapped from January 26 2016, along with the MH20/21 flights to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport.

Amsterdam-bound passengers will be funnelled onto KLM, a codeshare partner of Malaysia Airlines which flies non-stop from Kuala Lumpur at a similar time to the cancelled MH service.

Travellers bound for Paris could instead fly with Malaysia Airlines to London Heathrow on the Airbus A380 and then connect with Oneworld partner British Airways to complete the final leg of their journey.

From February 1 2016, Malaysia Airlines will also begin codesharing on Emirates’ flights from Kuala Lumpur to Dubai and then onward to destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, providing passengers with more choice over when and where they travel.

“The strategic partnership paves the path towards an integrated customer proposition offering for both airlines,” said Malaysia Airlines CEO Christoph Mueller.

“The improved connectivity will enable Malaysia Airlines customers to reach up to 38 destinations in Europe on a daily and even double daily basis for key European cities such as Zurich, Rome, Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, and Barcelona.”

Passengers with Malaysia Airlines flight bookings to Amsterdam and Paris are advised to call 132 627 to discuss their travel plans and to make alternate arrangements.

Also read: Malaysia Airlines cuts flights to Australia

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Chris Chamberlin

Chris Chamberlin is the Associate Editor of Executive Traveller and lives by the motto that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, a great latte, a theatre ticket and a glass of wine!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

19 Nov 2011

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Surprise they didn't leverage the existing relationship they have with Etihad Airways.

Hopefully with the new partnership with Emirates, looking forward to see Earn and Burn miles on the Enrich and Skywards programs.

29 Mar 2014

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Perhaps EK was a better fit because it's larger, and it means that it will have a common partner along with QF.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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This airline is a true basket case in need of major repair.

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13 Jul 2015

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What the heck else do you think they're trying to do here?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Feb 2015

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Fix this massive problem, hence my statement!!

08 Mar 2013

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They follow SriLankan in axing their routes to Europe and keeping London as the sole destination.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

28 Dec 2011

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Another shrinking airline.

03 Dec 2015

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I think Emirates 777 might be mistaken about Sri Lankan dropping all its Europe flights, except for London, as both their website and oneworld timetables still show flights from Colombo to Paris, Frankfurt and Rome into 2016. 


13 Jun 2015

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Very, very sad news Following the loss of MH17 last year. It's gonna be really tough for MAS. 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

03 Jul 2011

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Mueller has a tough job ahead, but it's nice that they haven't just thrown in the towel. 

08 Mar 2013

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Ian D...Not sure you have seend this -

Like Malaysian, Only London is being retained.

29 Mar 2014

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So now GA has a larger European network than MH? Especially now that from March next year, it's reportedly beginning four weekly service to London Heathrow, dropping Gatwick and the Amsterdam stop. Although again this is GA, and it is subject to change, as always.

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